Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions by BBC economics editor Paul Mason, Verso 2012 tracks the recent upheavals throughout the world. Millions of people recently took to the street protesting injustices. Tahrir Square in Cario. Syntagma in Athens. Unrest spread through several Arab countries and European capitals. Students, workers, and pensioners all joined in to protest harsh austerity measures while politicians and economists endlessly debated how best to preserve the assets of banks and multinational corporations.
Paul Mason witnesses and reports from within and tries to make sense of it all. He interviews both the organizers and other participants. I admire his attempts to go to the source of those mass movements instead of remaining at a distance and spouting preconceived clichés. He records not only the words shouted but also includes the Twitter hashtags so that readers of his book can follow future developments in real time.
In some instances I gained a better understanding of the complaints from a journalistic perspective. But in the end I finished the book wanting more: a deeper exploration and a wiser evaluation of the situation. However, for that one must look elsewhere.
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